Successful People Help the Poor

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
I have used this chapter several times. I have made several references to the proverbial woman. Yet this verse here, before I ever understood it was affiliated with the proverbial women, I used as a reference point as to why I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ve used this verse to explain why I stand up to I just and inequalities when I can. This verse here is my go to as a reminder of why it is important to be civically engaged.
Today though this devotion by Rick Warren gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling of comfort. My happy place. My happy place includes serving the under-served.
Below is hid devotional:
by Rick Warren
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
If you want to live a successful life, the Bible offers some countercultural instruction.
Serve the poor!
How could serving the poor help us be successful?
The Bible gives us numerous reasons why this is so, but here are just a few of them:
It’ll make you happy. “If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone” (Proverbs 14:21 GNT).
You’ll honor God. “Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God”(Proverbs 14:31 NCV).
It’ll make you a better leader. “Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly”(Proverbs 29:14 The Message).
I’ve seen this in my own life. Some of you know my story. When I wrote The Purpose Driven Life, the book became a huge global success. It’s been translated into 137 languages.
And when you write a book with the first line of “It’s not about you,” it’s pretty easy to realize that any money or influence that came from it wasn’t meant for me. So, among other decisions Kay and I made at the time, we started Acts of Mercy, a foundation to help the poor and the vulnerable suffering with AIDS.
The book’s success was not about me; it was all about God.
Proverbs 31:8-9 particularly spoke to me during this time: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (NIV).
That’s what successful people do. They stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Pastor rick Warren includes these questions in his devotion:
Talk It Over
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
Now I am not asking you to answer Pastor Warrens questions directly to me.
I do ask that you think about them. Analyze yourself.
Reflect. I’m big about self reflect if you’ve been following my writings.
Honestly answer them to yourselves.
If you want to share more power to you.
If you want to let it marinade and resonate from within, that’s ok too.
I have already poured my heart here in ways I haven’t with others. So as part of my reflection to this exercise I’m going to share my thoughts and analysis.
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
Honestly the Bible instructs us to help the poor. The Bible instructs us to live a humble like. We see it throughout the New Testament. The disciples left their jobs, families and belongings in an act of faith. They followed Jesus. They spread news of his love, prophecy and sacrifice. They walked his walk with him, physically guided by him. Witnessing his humble dwellings, behaviors, acts of kindness and how he selflessly help others. His ministry was focused on serving the destitute, the needy, the poor. Walking this walk with Christ, we need to lead by his example. This is something that should come from within. Not everyone has that drive nor that desire to help. It’s a natural instinctive nature that few are called to do.
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
I have several times where successful individuals help the poor and defenseless. These past two months we have witnessed it first hand if you have been following the recovery efforts since Harvey. Celebs have gone out their way literally even flying private jets to send much needed goods to those affected by these major natural disasters. (Harvey, Irma, Maria & Earthquakes). It’s such an amazing sight to see celebrities joining grassroots initiatives, rolling up their sleeves, delivering aid, food and water. What an amazing sight to see these influential successful individuals hosting or collaborating in benefit concerts with the goal of continuing to aid in relief efforts. This isn’t the only way someone “more successful” can help someone who is at a disadvantage. Not everyone has that financial security.
Those whom give their time in volunteer work. Whether your volunteering at a hospital, volunteering via a non profit organizations doing grassroots initiatives to teach and be apart of initiatives to bring forth awareness and understanding or even fighting for others on social issues. Standing up for someone while we are witnessing injustices and inquiries are other forms of ways someone more successful can help someone in need. If you have a platform to make a difference go ahead and use that platform. You could be the tool to help speak for the downtrodden or the ones who can’t speak for themselves. Buying someone a hot meal. Whether it is a homeless person or someone who just only has five bucks until pay day is another way. I’ve witnessed all of these forms. Even kids whom are academically more successful who help out other children whom are struggling is a way where someone succeeding in something can help someone in need. I’ve seen that in my kids, in the kids in my sons school and even with the kids at church the way they help each other out.
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
I feel to faithfully help the poor we need to show that love and compassion still exists. It’s a cause and effect theory. With every action there’s a reaction. If we could all be more compassionate, help our in anyway we possibly can, our love and compassion can lead to a small spark flickering. That spark could be that match that needed to strike someone’s faith to be reignited.
Look no answer to these questions are wrong. This is my self reflection piece to those questions.
Father God I thank you for your love. Thank you for the successes you have given me in my life. I may not be wealthy, I may just be getting by, but my success is not about monetary success. My success and accomplishments you have led me to them. Your words have also taught me to be humble and give back as often as I can and when I can. There are times where all I have is a dollar to my name, there are times I give up my dollar, there are times I hold on to it. Lord you know the reasons behind each instant. It pains me when I can’t help. Yet it fills me up in the depths of my soul when I can. Lord thank you for allowing me to be successful in areas where I can help. I may not be wealthy, may not be able to save the world, but I do feel lord that every man, woman and child can make a difference, with your guidance. Amen.
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Calm before the storm

“…And in an instant, suddenly, you shall be visited and delivered by the Lord of hosts…”
(Isaiah 29:5-6, AMPC)
Despite what’s going on my people throughout the Caribbean have placed all their faith in the hands of the Lord to deliver them from their current crisis.
We’ve all experienced calms before the storm. What we find after a storm spiritually and literally enters our lives is confusion, desperation, loss of hope, some feel defeat. After the storm is usually that time which is most critical. That is the time where God really sees where our faith and trust in him rests.
You either continue having faith until your lifted back up off your feet, or you loose faith and succumb to defeat. My islanders and Mexico, please do not succumb to defeat. Maintain your faith during this difficult process. Help is on its way, albeit not fast enough, and that really breaks my heart, but rest assured help is on its way.
The prophet Isaiah told the people of Israel that the lord of hosts will deliver them during heir times of need, during their struggles, during their battles in faith. The lord of hosts had moved, inspired many from all over to help each an everyone of you, myself included. In the name of our Lord you shall and will be delivered from this unfortunate circumstance.
Please I know your facing peril, struggle, starvation due to lack of food and water, facing despair, but please do not loose hope, do not loose faith. Many, especially here in New York are praying for you. We are trying everything we physically can to help from where we are. We have lost sleep and cried concerned over you.
It’s natural to worry and be concerned.
Yet spiritually we are praying and battling, helping so that everyone can be delivered.
I continue to pray.
I continue to have faith.
I continue to reach out to hear from my loved ones.
To the ones I haven’t heard from I pray they are being taken cared for.
I pray that our God is providing for them.
By Gods grace the islands will rebuild and shall rise.
You will rise despite the hurdles.
The lord of hosts will deliver you.
Father God I thank you for touching the hearts of many to go on and help those in need. Many have personal ties to the regions affected by the natural disasters and all they want is for their people to be ok. All they want is for their people to be alive. All they want is for their people to have sufficient means and provisions. Thank you for your love and mercy, thank you for moving the good Samaritans throughout the lands that are doing everything possible to help. I ask the same way you multiplied a basket of fish and a basket of bread to feed the 5000, that you multiply the donations sent to sustain the millions throughout the islands affected. I know you can make the impossible possible. I ask and declare healing for those I’ll in your name. I ask for your hand to guide and direct those on rescue missions to find people in dire need of help in your holy name amen.

Sleep

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”
(Psalm 4:8, AMPC)
I don’t know about you but I have not slept a peaceful nights sleep since Harvey, Irma & Maria destroyed the homes and lives of millions of people. Despite my concerns, despite my worries, despite my anguish I find comfort in knowing that My Lord will sustain and provide. I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the few relatives I’ve heard from are doing OK. They are making do and surviving considering the situation. They have maintained their faith. I have maintained my faith.
I am thankful for the many individuals whom have organized venues as donation drop offs. The many volunteers whom have worked tirelessly morning, noon and night….I am thankful for. For the legislators fighting for us because they genuinely care….I thank you. I am thankful for the means and modes of transportation allotted to get the goods down. I am thankful that despite being late, additional help is underway. I find peace and comfort knowing that the spiritual warfare has many prayer warriors knocking down the enemy’s path to destruction. We shall continue praying, you will not defeat us. We may not be able to save 100% of the people but you will not take 100% of them from us.
We will pray, we will fight back spiritually and we will take care of our people. I find peace in knowing that God has our backs. God is our protector, defender, strength, shelter, peace, refuge and provider. No mater how the storms of life come against our people, Take comfort in God, trust in god and you shall find safety, peace and joy.
In times like these we dwell in his safety, peace, and confident trust. We need to focus on God’s word, declare his promises over you and those in the Caribbean whom are hurting. We need to dwell in him. He will provide the peace, protection and victory for those affected directly and indirectly.
Father God today I thank you for your promises of peace and safety in my life and those afflicted in the Caribbean. I chose to focus my attention on you. To be used by you in each way you need to be of a blessing to others. God I ask not just for a peace of mind which I desire and need, but that you provide peace, joy, nourishment, protection, provision, shelter, strength, refuge and protect our Islands. Father our hands here in the states are tied and we are limited in what we can do…but I sit here in supplication for those in need. My peace of mind will come, when I know that these people are doing better. In Your holy name. Amen.

“Me Too”

“Me Too”

 

Harvey Weinstein has been much of the talks lately.  Many are coming out whom have been directly affected by Harvey, and many more are coming out whom have been affected by others.  You and I have all seen the way they have been coming out.  #MeToo.

 

​http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/alyssa-milano-elevates-harvey-weinstein-conversation-50525732

 

The Me Too movement as you know came about as a response and to bring awareness to the situation at hand since the Harvey Weinstein controversy.  Since the first post about this situation “more than 53,000 people had left comments and thousands of women had declared “Me Too,” sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment across social media, including some for the first time.”

 

 

 

 

I too included a “me too” post for the very first time. I have never shared my story, but I have undergone sexual assault and harassment.   It took a lot for me to even write those two words because it meant admitting to myself that I am a victim of assault.  I never reported my assailants, nor would I at this point. One of them is deceased, the other was really young when he did so.  I was young myself and did not know how to talk about or process what I endured.  My post also shows my family a truth about my past which I never wanted to discuss, never have discussed with them, nor do I have any intentions to further discuss with them nor my spouse. 

 

Some may have seen it, some may have not.  Those two little words I wrote in solidarity for being victimized, but any further elaboration up to that point was not going to be given.  Many though chose not to admit their assaults or harassment in this movement.  Many are still unable to handle such memories or just want to bury their past deep down to the bottoms of the oceans. I do not blame them.


I commend the women whom have been able to share their stories in public. They are stronger than I am for sharing their stories along side their Me Too.  

 

As I write this I can vividly see the faces of the two whom have harassed/assaulted me in my past.  I can vividly see where I was, what I wore, What was said and what happened after the fact.  I cringe at the memory. I feel repulsed by myself.

I couldn’t add more than those two words.

My family follow me on social media.

I didn’t want to disclose more than I did.

Saying me too, I said more than I ever did since my first encounter.

As mentioned earlier one of the assailants I was told passed away.  Died too young.  Died in a hit and run accident in Florida.  It was horrendous to hear.  I never wished either of the two any wrong.  I forgave them both. Though I am scarred by the memories…I forgive them each time I think of it.  The one who passed away shouldn’t have died the way he did.  He was on his way to get milk for his infant.  I cried at the news.  Like I said I did forgive him. In person at that.  (though I did leave him with a black eye and a few scratches to the face at our encounter).

 

Sometimes we are victimized not by strangers but people we know and associate with.  Sometimes its a relatives.  I thank God in my case neither are relatives.  They were people I have known though.  People I didn’t think would do such a thing.

 

What I ask is that Mothers of boys, lets teach our sons to respect women. Lets raise our boys not to harass or assault anyone.  Teach our children boundaries.  Teach our children respect overall.  Teach our children “personal space”.  Teach our children how would you feel if you were in those shoes?  Teach our children what If it were me your mom or sibling that this had happened to.  We need to make things personal in order to assess our feelings accordingly.  We need to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions.

 

Mothers of daughters, teach your daughters to speak up.  Teach your daughters to defend themselves.  I may not have been able to speak up or do something the first time.  The second time I did fight back.  I did not turn the other check like the bible says, and I have asked for forgiveness in that.  I did defend myself.  I did not report to any authorities of anything nor did I file complain.  I probably should have.

 

Remember to please not judge those victimized.  No one ever asks to be raped, harassed or assaulted.  It’s not something that one says Hi, I’m here, Pick me, Choose me, attack me?


 We need to respect the privacy of those whom admit they were victims; but do not want to disclose anything further than two words.

 

It is hard.

 

Here are affiliated articles on the #metoo movement.:

 

Pslams 9:9

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

 

As with all that I do, let us end in a prayer.

Father God I thank you for another day to speak about a topic which is not spoken about often enough.  Lord you are my stronghold, in the good times and in my times of trouble.  Lord you are the stronghold to the many women whom have been victimized during the years.  I once again come before you and seek forgiveness for my transgressions on the issues I mentioned above and I forgive those whom have caused harm to my person.  God you know the situation that occurred, you know how it has affected me and why I choose not to disclose more than I did.  Lord I still want to forgive my transgressors and once again ask for forgiveness for my transgressions.  Lord I ask you provide strength and guidance to the many victims whom have yet found an outlet or confide in someone to discuss their circumstances and experience.  May they find refuge in you so that they too can forgive and move forward.  I know it is hard my Lord, but with you all things are possible.  Amen.

Help needed.

reblogging

additional means to help:

 

I want to apologize first to my lord and savior for not writing and blogging about his word, love and mercy.

Second I want to apologize to the readers whom are lifted up when you read the words that the lord inspired me to write.

Since hurricane Harvey I have been campaigning on stop for relief efforts for all in need. Whether by providing information as to where to donate aid, time, monetary donations or goods. I have family whom recently moved to Texas, my heart was heavy, luckily my family do not live within the regions which were affected. Despite that blessing my call towards servitude never falters. As Christian’s we are called to service. My calling is evermore present right now… the phone is ringing and Lord knows I’m answering any which way that I can.

Then hurricane Irma hit and destroyed Many islands which many of my relatives resides in as well as Florida where I have many relatives as well. Yet again my campaign continued to help any which way I could. Advertising relief efforts, advertising information…. any which way I am able to help I can.  Irma destroyed my father in laws properties in St. Martin.  Irma destroyed my uncles properties in St Thomas and St. Croix.  Irma destroyed many parts of Puerto Rico.

Now Maria…..oh María…. you finished off what Irma started and now, because of you I haven’t had a good nights rest. I can’t complain I have it better off compared to my island folks, compared to my paisanos. My heart is heavy. Still haven’t heard from many relatives. Many are without power, without food, without water, without their shelters.

As I write this I fight back tears which I thought I no longer thought I had any left. I have cried so much since Harvey, I cried ever more since Irma and Maria.  Maria has forced everyone to get down on their knees and seek God.  I have been working non stop and will continue working within the next few weeks for relief efforts for the carribean.  I heard from half of my family in Puerto Rico….Half.  a quarter of them are doing ok, surviving.  the other quarter are struggling….my heart is torn….theres not much I can do for them, I feel so helpless…so I find strength in God and my calling of servitutde to help.

 

As I write this post, the song that came up was Israel & the New Breed.  Oh GOD I cannot control the waterworks. But thank you…thank you.  This is what sticks out…

It’s not over, It’s not finished.
It’s not ending,
It’s only the beginning when God is in it.
All things are new.
All things are new.

I know it’s darkest just before dawn.
This might just be the hardest
Season you experience.
I know it hurts; it won’t be too long.
You’re closer than you think you are;
You’re closer than you’ve been before.
Oh look to the sky, help is on the way

We believe it
We declare it
We decree it over you
It’s not over when God, when God,
When God is in it.
No limits no boundary
I see increase all around here, yeah

God I needed those words…My family needs help. I know you shall provide.

The islands need help, I have faith, I trust in you with all my might that you will provide for them all.

 

God all is in your hands.

Many were forced down on their knees.  I trust in you.!

There is an urgency to give…please give.

If you are trying to contact family members in Puerto Rico, the American Red Cross Safe and Well website allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in English and Spanish. You can also contact the Washington, DC, offices of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, at 202-800-3133 or 202-800-3134, or email maria1@prfaa.pr.gov or maria2@prfaa.pr.gov. If your loved one needs emergency assistance, you can alert the U.S. State Department by calling 800-407-4747 (in the U.S. and Canada) or 202-501-4444 (from overseas).

https://www.youcaring.com/mexicoandpuertorico-959275

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

https://www.ny.gov/programs/empire-state-relief-and-recovery-effort-puerto-rico

https://www.directrelief.org/

https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/VkMoZ/

https://www.habitat.org/

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.B143/Official_USA_Site.htm

Drop Off Supplies VIA NYS

Across the state, New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at the below listed drop-off locations. We are only accepting the following items for donation: batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All items must be unopened and in their original packaging.

The drop-off sites will accept donations every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Capital Region

Empire State Plaza Main Concourse
Albany

Central New York

Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse

Finger Lakes

State Police Zone Station
1155 Scottsville Road, Suite 400
Rochester

Long Island

Perry B. Duryea State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge

Mid-Hudson Valley

Yonkers Armory
2 Quincy Place
Yonkers

Mohawk Valley

Utica State Office Building
207 Genesee Street
Utica

New York City

Jacob K. Javits Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York

Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn

Jamaica Street Armory
93-05 168th Street
Queens

Roberto Clemente State Park
301 West Tremont Ave
Bronx

Department of Motor Vehicles (to begin accepting donations on 9/26)
696 E Fordham Road
Bronx

Southern Tier

Binghamton Armory
85 West End Avenue
Binghamton

Western New York

Connecticut Street Armory
184 Connecticut Street
Buffalo

Please help any way you can, not just to Puerto Rico but the other areas affected.

 

May god bless you all.

 

Father God I thank you for the valuable lessons you have taught us within the past few weeks.  I apologize for not spreading your word in writing, but I have been sharing your spirit of love and compassion.  Father You are merciful, you are loving, you are the alpha and the omega.  God I humbly ask for aid not just for my mother land, but the others whom were affected by all this natural disaster.  As we sit here in the flesh in worry, concerned, with a want and desire to help, GOD know that I trust and have faith in you.  I pray that for many this was a time where their faith in you was restored.  Many were brought down to their knees and Lord I know you have your reasons for which we will not know.  I ask for help for all these people in need. I ask that you who can provide; provide them with the ailments they need to sustain until all these islands are fully restored.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Topographic map

Capture

 

Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

#rebloging

Topographic map

Capture

 

Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

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